NEW YORK – On Tuesday, August 16, starting at 4 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct its next sale of Gravures and Heliogravures. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Images of celebrities abound in the sale lineup, including Herb Ritts’s iconic 1986 portrait of Madonna; Edward Steichen’s 1924 portrait of Gloria Swanson; a 1997 black-and-white portrait of David Bowie by Antonin Kratochvil; a 1956 Alfred Wertheimer image of Elvis Presley, taken in New York; a Cecil Beaton photo of Audrey Hepburn in a costume from My Fair Lady, shot in 1963 for Vogue magazine; an Eve Arnold portrait of Marilyn Monroe in bed; Philippe Halsman’s 1955 image of a leaping Brigitte Bardot; and a charming 2002 black-and-white of Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, shot in Turin by Guido Harari.
Also represented in the sale are works by Erwin Olaf, Helmut Newton, Dorothea Lange, Horst P. Horst, Robert Capa, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Davidson, Anton Corbijn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, August Sander, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, William Klein, Steve McCurry, Miguel Rio Branco, Thomas Hoepker, Nan Goldin, Miles Aldridge, Bettina Rheims, Albert Watson, Richard Avedon, Fabrizio Ferri, Giuseppe Pino, Wanda Wulz, Howard Schatz, Sarah Moon, Willy Ronis, Guy Bourdin, Saul Leiter, Leonard Feed, Bill Brandt, Luigi Ghirri, Lisette Model, Andre Kertesz, Man Ray and Tina Modotti.
First among the highlights is an Elvis Presley image by perhaps his most famed photographic chronicler, Alfred Wertheimer (German and American, 1929-2014). During a 10-day span in 1956, Wertheimer took more than 2,500 images of the then-21-year-old singer. Virtually none of them were posed. This particular black-and-white depicts Presley refining his hairstyle with the aid of a hand-held mirror. Printed in Italy in 2008, it carries an estimate of $200-$300.
Another strong offering is Antonin Kratochvil’s (Czech and American, b. 1947-) portrait of David Bowie from 1997, estimated at $200-$300. He found a subtler way to capture the rock star’s famously contrasting eyes by shooting in black and white and allowing architectural shadows to play over his face. As with the Wertheimer, this work was printed in Italy in 2008.
The final highlight is Hope, a 2005 work by Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf (b. 1959-). The enigmatic color image features a clearly retro, vaguely mid-20th-century backdrop showing a well-dressed young man and woman lost in their own worlds. Printed in Italy in 2008, its estimate is $200-$300.
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